Ever wondered what’s its like to duel with a sword or a rapier?
This 6-part documentary introduces you to the intensely competitive actions of the sports fencer and the elegant traditional moves of the classical duelist.
See bouts at fencing academies in the USA and in distinguished fencing clubs in London. Hear fencers on their inner thoughts about what its like to outwit an opponent
Through exciting close-ups, the fast moving action of dueling weapons are captured with a clarity rarely seen on TV or in movies. Slow motion segments let you see that magic moment of a “hit” or a “near miss.”
Fencers interviewed include the legendary Dr. Aladar Kogler, Dr. William Gaugler and Mark Holbrow.
See Ziemek Wojciechowski the international champion coaching a young fencer for the Olympics.
He speaks of “the fantastic moment” the need to win and the “Zen-like” or dream-like experience
of being in the “zone”.
See and hear famous fencers in action as they speak about the intellectual approach to fencing.
Watch as 11-year-old fencers are coached in this sport that has its beginnings in ancient times.
Begin to see what goes on behind the masks. Go beyond swashbuckling to see this exciting skill enjoyed around the world by men and women and fencers of all ages.
Specially choreographed and performed for this film is a musical re-enactment of a baroque fencing bout in period costume. Performed by dancers Carlos Fittante and Caroline Copeland.
Want an introduction to fencing?
Just screen “Fencing: the art, science and passion” plus the information packed chapters.